9 Essential Free Linux Transcoders

Posted by sde on Apr 14, 2012 3:06 PM EDT
LinuxLinks.com; By Trevor James
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Transcoding is the process of the conversion of digital data (typically video and audio files) from one format to another. It involves extracting tracks from a digital media file, decoding the tracks, filtering, encoding, and then multiplexing the new tracks into a new container. Transcoding will reduce the quality of the tracks unless lossless formats are used.

This article highlights the finest open source transcoding applications for Linux. Individuals that are interested in making digital media available for playback on mobile phones, or make frequent use of Home Theatre software will find transcoding software to be invaluable. Transcoding helps to ensure there is universal access of multimedia content.

To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 9 of the finest transcoders. There is a mix of graphical and console based applications featured here. Hopefully, there will be something of interest for anyone wanting to transcode digital data.

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